Technical Assistance to the Government of Kenya

Technical Assistance (TA) to the Government of Kenya is an important component of the Strengthening Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in Kenya – Plus (StARCK+) programme, a four-year initiative funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). The StARCK+ approach focuses on interventions across government, private sector and civil society; meaning that the various activities reinforce one another to create greater overall impact. The TA component works to improve the policy environment and mainstream climate change in budgeting and planning – through, for example, support to the development of the Climate Change Act, 2016. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR) is the main government partner, and actions are also undertaken in cooperation with National Treasury; Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; Ministry of Energy and Petroleum; and other ministries.

The initiative is delivered by a consortium of DAI, Matrix Development Consultants and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

The TA component aims to help the Government of Kenya implement climate change governance reforms. The improved policy environment is expected to encourage scaled up innovation and increased investment in low carbon and climate resilient products, services and assets.

Action Areas
Action areas are guided by Kenya’s National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), which can be accessed at Examples of activities are set out in the table below:

 Action Areas TA Component Activities and Inputs 
Climate Change Act and Policy
  • Climate Change Act, 2016 and Climate Change Framework Policy – drafting support, tracking of stakeholder input, support for stakeholder consultations
  • Preparations for the first National Climate Change Council meeting – draft code of conduct, draft terms of reference, six-month work plan, etc.
  • MENR’s climate change coordination function – support for meetings with state departments, draft project registry, draft framework for annual reporting
    Regulatory Impact Assessment
Climate Finance Mechanisms
  • Climate finance policy – drafting support, tracking of stakeholder input, support for stakeholder consultations
  • Climate finance mechanism - background report on options
  • Review of state of carbon market and implications
National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP)
  • Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) sector analysis – unpacking of Kenya’s NDC and identification of priority adaptation and mitigation actions in energy, forestry, transport, agriculture, waste and industry sectors
  • Preparations for international climate change meetings – success stories and briefing notes
  • Review of implementation of 2013-2017 NCCAP
  • Climate change project registry
National Adaptation Plan (NAP)
  • NAP - drafting support, support for stakeholder consultations, editing and publication
Mainstreaming climate change in sector ministries
  • Green schools pilot project – support to Presidential launch, fencing and gate for tree planning, institutional cookstove, solar lighting
  • County Integrated Development Plans: review of climate change mainstreaming
  • Climate Smart Agriculture – alignment of CSA policy objectives with sector policy objectives